Staff Favorite-Mother Africa’s Table

19 Jul

Mother Africa’s table : a collection of West African and African American recipes and cultural traditions (641.596 W378m)

I enjoy the Chicken in a Spicy Peanut Sauce. I refer to this cookbook a lot, especially when I’m using my crock pot- lots of stews and gumbos. You can definitely see the African influence on Louisiana cooking when you read these recipes.

The recipes are simple, hearty and healthy with ingredients that can be found cheaply and locally…a lot of root vegetables and greens. I haven’t tried it yet, but Sweet Potato Corn Bread also sounds really good! – Ammon M.

Chicken in a Spicy Peanut Sauce

1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves (I use 4 thighs and just throw them in the pot instead of sautéing, oops)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white pepper (I use black pepper)

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

2 tablespoons peanut oil

2 red jalapeno peppers stemmed, seeded, and slivered (or half a red bell

pepper)

2 green jalapeno peppers stemmed, seeded, and slivered

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup water

3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I use chunky)

1/3 cup sliced green onions

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut into bite-size pieces and season with salt, pepper and ginger.
In a skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the chicken with the peppers until the chicken has browned. Stir in the tomato paste and water; mix until blended. Whisk in the peanut butter and cook covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of light cream. Adjust the seasoning to taste and sprinkle with green onions before serving. Enjoy!

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